A group of Georgia lawmakers is pitching an idea to scrap some GIPSA rules to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, a former Georgia Governor. A group of 10 members of Congress from Georgia has sent a letter to Perdue urging the Secretary to withdraw two proposed rules under the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration. The lawmakers say the rules, currently again under review at the Department of Agriculture, would cost Georgia’s poultry industry billions of dollars. The lawmakers say: “Rescinding the rules would allow livestock and poultry producers to market their animals how, when and where they want to without GIPSA dictating the transactions.” Under the Donald Trump administration, USDA delayed the effective date for the GIPSA farmer fair practices rule, and others, until October of this year, while also announcing another comment period for the rules. Shortly after his confirmation by the U.S. Senate, Secretary Perdue promised a “thorough review” of last-minute rules, including the GIPSA changes, finalized by the Obama administration.
From the National Association of Farm Broadcasting news service.